Security Firms Commit to Vista

It now appears as if security companies and Microsoft have settled their differences and will work together on the consumer launch of Windows Vista. Several leading manufacturers have committed to launch Vista-compatible versions of their software by January 30.

At least two of the companies who had earlier chastised Microsoft over Vista security, McAfee and Symantec, were among those listed as committing to Vista compatibility. Others included CA, Kaspersky, Panda Software, and Trend Micro, among others.

Symantec was first to complain about Vista's built-in security features in September, saying it gave precedence to Microsoft's own software over those from third-parties. Additionally, the company took issue with PatchGuard, a feature aimed at protecting critical system files.

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McAfee would add its two cents the following month, taking out a full-page ad in the Financial Times, accusing Microsoft of locking security companies out of the kernel.

That company's tune appeared to change Tuesday. ""McAfee is excited to support its customers with Windows Vista compatibility," product management director Marc Solomon said in statements provided by Microsoft. Symantec did not comment however.

Although some may beg to differ, Microsoft says it has worked closely with its partners to provide technical support and development resources. The operating system will include several built in security features, including Windows Defender, User Account Control, Windows Firewall, Parental Controls, and phishing protection built into IE7.

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